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    Cold Blast Brings 40-Degree Temperature Drop to East

    By , Senior Meteorologist
    April 18, 2014; 4:00 AM ET
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    Play video Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams discusses the dramatic cold blast.

    Many across the East may have thought that the calendar flipped back to winter due to the cold blast that brought a dramatic drop in temperatures and even snow to some communities.

    Residents who did not turn on the heat before heading to bed Tuesday night were likely shivering when they woke up Wednesday morning.

    Temperatures throughout the East started Wednesday 20 to as much as 40 degrees lower than the previous 24 hours.

    That statement is even true southward to Tampa and Orlando, Fla. Only South Florida escaped the dramatic cooldown.

    24-Hour Temperature Change Degrees Fahrenheit

    City
    Temp. at 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday
    Temp. at 8 a.m. EDT Wednesday
    Portland, Maine
    51
    28
    Burlington, Vt.
    65
    24
    Boston
    59
    31
    Saranac Lake, N.Y.
    58
    14
    Albany, N.Y.
    63
    27
    New York City
    60
    32
    Philadelphia
    66
    32
    Washington, D.C.
    69
    35
    Richmond
    69
    35
    Raleigh, N.C.
    66
    35
    Charlotte, N.C.
    63
    35
    Charleston, S.C.
    70
    43
    Atlanta
    62
    37
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    71
    46
    Tampa, Fla.
    73
    52

    The dramatic drop in temperatures did not just come over the course of 24 hours, but in a matter of minutes for some communities.

    RELATED:
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    Forecast Temperature Maps
    Elliot Abrams Northeast Weather Blog

    Temperatures plummeted 20 degrees (from 63 F to 43 F) in 38 minutes in Syracuse, N.Y., Tuesday morning. The arrival of the cold air caused a 7-degree temperature fall in Allentown, Pa., in only eight minutes Tuesday afternoon.

    Temperatures dropped so much that many in the Northeast saw rain end as snow or snow pellets, one or two days after experiencing summerlike warmth.

    At the top of the snowfall totals list sits an area near Enosburg Falls, Vt., which picked up 8.0 inches. A total of 2.5 inches whitened Cooperstown, N.Y., while 2.4 inches set a daily snowfall record in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday.

    Snow made an appearance in New York City overnight Tuesday and for the first time on April 16 since records began in Islip, N.Y.

    The chilly Wednesday that unfolded in the wake of the snow will transition to a cold Wednesday night with frost and freezing temperatures an issue throughout the Northeast and southward to upstate South Carolina and the eastern Tennessee Valley.

    As quickly as the dramatic cold blasted into the East, it will begin to ease for many. Temperatures on Thursday will exceed Wednesday's chilly highs by 10 to 15 degrees from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast--away from the I-95 corridor.

    Air flowing onshore from the cold ocean will limit the amount of warming that can take place closer to the coast.

    Temperatures on Thursday will once again struggle to reach the 50-degree mark in New York City and will be held to the lower 40s in Boston. Brisk winds will create even lower AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.

    This Easter weekend is when these cities will notice a more significant rebound in temperatures.

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